Identify Your Escape Routes

New Escapologist is the magazine for white-collar functionaries with escape on the brain.

80% of us are dissatisfied with our jobs; what with them being pointless, boring, deskilled, anxiety-producing, humiliating drudgery and all.

We reluctantly spend 87,000 hours at work before dying. Some of us even die at work. We also spend 5,000 hours sitting in trains and buses and traffic jams, getting to and from work. Despite all this toil, most of us are in debt because we’re so desperate to reclaim our dignity by participating as consumers.

But at New Escapologist we say: goodbye to all that! Instead, we discuss alternatives to the 9-5. We don’t think it’s shameful to want time to read library books, laze around, throw parties, go for walks, pursue our own creative projects or (heaven forbid) better ourselves. We also refute the notion that being a successful worker-consumer is the height of it all.

We weigh up the potential exit strategies from demeaning day jobs, and celebrate the ‘flight’ part of ‘fight or flight’.

Each issue of our magazine is a compendium of funny and practical essays on the subject of escape, seen through the compound eye of economics, travel, psychology, philosophy, humour, and art. We promote freedom, anarchy, good times, and a healthy appreciation for the absurd.

Issue Eleven: Small is Beautiful is our latest print edition and we recently made our entire catalogue available in electronic form (two bundles: 1-7, 8-11).

Over the years, we’ve had some top-drawer contributors including Alain de Botton, Richard Herring, Judith Levine, Luke Rhinehart, Leo Babauta, Mr Money Mustache, Ewan Morrison, Tom Hodgkinson and many others. We also feature writing from working stiffs looking for ways to leave it all behind.

New Escapologist is at once a collection of ideas on How to Live and a satirical exploration of modern urban life.

As well as print magazines, we like to host ‘escapades’. These have included New Escapologist launch parties at famous Glasgow venues The Arches and the CCA; a Zine Fair at the student-occupied Free Hetherington; a night of thought-provoking entertainment with Tom Hodgkinson of The Idler; and an evening of last-minute cabaret at the Edinburgh Festival. We also sell our magazine and conduct talks at ink-on-paper conventions like Expozine in Montreal.

Escapologist. Noun. (pronounced: es’cap·ol’o·gist). One who actively seeks to escape the imaginary manacles of modern life: work, debt, government, leisure industries, status and anxiety. – Urban Dictionary.

Praise for the magazine

“Entertaining and highly literate reading, even if you’re relatively content with wage slavery.” — Moneysense.

“Ambitious, elegantly-designed, literary.” — Yahoo! News.

“Foppish, irresponsible, and very needed” — Pat Kane, Thoughtland.

“Excellent publications which deserve a wide readership.” — Tom Hodgkinson, editor of the Idler and author of How to be Free.

“A brilliant magazine on the theme of escape as a sane response to an insane situation.” — Brian Dean, Anxiety Culture.

“I have the latest New Escapologist on my bedside table. I go nowhere without it. And I always make sure New Escapologist is on it.” — Ian Macpherson, writer and comedian.

“A splendid publication. So cheerful and light, yet with a ninja-sharp intellect hiding just beneath the surface.” — Mr. Money Mustache

“We had to wait thirty years for someone to come up with an idea like this – an indie magazine about escape attempts!!! Next step: a whole Escapology Cult.” — Prof. Stanley Cohen, co-author of Escape Attempts.